We examine rising knife and gun violence in the UK from a self defence perspective. Watch a documentary about knife attacks and knife culture in London, examine some of the latest violent crime statistics from the Office of National Statistics as well as examine some real case studies of knife and gun attacks. It's a deep dive!

In this article, we go deep on knife and gun violence in the UK. All for self defence knowledge.



News source:

A beauty queen trained in self-defence fought off a mugger moments before her casting to take part in Miss Universe Great Britain.

She parked up on a side street close to the meeting place at Jurys Inn, Broad Street, but as she locked her car a man approached her.

The thug began to pull her and attempted to grab her handbag.

She fought him off.

As Kirsty Grace arrived at a Miss Universe casting, she parked down a side street. As she got out of her car in her high heels she was approached by a mugger who probably thought he had just identified an easy target.

Fortunately for her she is a practitioner of Krav Maga and is a blue belt in Gracie Jiu Jitsu.

The 26 yr old said: “Self-defence has been an interest of mine for many years and I want to emphasise to other women that it’s imperative to learn how to look after ourselves".

“I really believe the mugger thought I would be an easy target, relying on catching somebody off-guard or vulnerable in high heels - I’m pleased I showed him otherwise".

“Awareness of what is going on around you is so important at all times. Timing is essential, responding quickly but keep as calm as possible, all these things you learn and drill in training classes which helps you act under pressure. I then went to re-adjust my hair in the ladies bathroom shortly before walking in for my casting.”

While this is a good news story I would like to tease out some self defense aspects to consider in light of this story.

The bad

She parked down a side street.

Side streets off busy areas are the hunting grounds for predators. Marc MacYoung calls these areas 'fringe areas'.

They are to be avoided whenever possible - especially if you are walking down them by yourself, especially if you are female and especially at night.

Going into these areas is high risk. You would want to be in condition yellow and on the ball.

However, life being what it is, sometimes we cannot avoid staying out of high risk areas for whatever reason. This seems to be the case here.

Secondly, it seems the mugger was onto her as she got out of her car. This implies she didn't see him as she was locking the car when he struck. If she was forced to park here she should have had a really good look around, with doors locked, prior to getting out of the car and maintained observation as she exited.

This act, looking for threats and appearing aware, can deter a mugger who wants to go for easy targets who they can strike using the element of surprise.

It is unclear if she did this or spotted him prior to getting out of the car.

The good

Kirsty was able to fight her way out of a bad situation.

That takes skill and luck. No doubt, her Krav Maga and Jiu Jitsu training helped her in a significant way.

She was lucky.

She was lucky there was just one attacker and not two or three or four. She was lucky he didn't use an edged weapon (or gun). She was lucky he wasn't bigger, stronger or faster, more skilled or more determined.

But she took full advantage of that luck by fighting back in a skilled and determined way.

Sometimes, events in our life can take centre stage and it can be so easy to forget all about our safety. That makes us human. Let this serve as a reminder to try and be more mindful when we are in high risk areas.

Kirsty's example here shows that when avoidance and awareness don't work and violence is inevitable, you better have a robust Plan B. That's where physical resolution skills are paramount.

And yes, she got through to the next round.

Raising Daughters and Teaching Real Self Defence Skills

Matt Thornton:

First and foremost, I want my daughters to grow up unafraid to speak their minds, and defend their boundaries. I want defiance, aimed at anyone who would try and hurt, demean, or victimize them, to be the go to reaction. In short, I want to raise assertive women.

Some great advice. Real self defence is not about techniques.

Ted Cruz, Guns, Sexual Assault and Mugs

Ted Cruz recently claimed that Australia's prohibition of most firearms in 1996 led to a significant increase in sexual assaults because women were unable to defend themselves.

I am all for self defence but seriously; what a load of bullshit.

The Washington Post did some research into Cruz's claims.

The rate of sexual assaults in Australia has increased slightly between 1996 and 2014, but there was no significant spike or drop after the 1996 legislative changes or buyback program. The increase likely is affected by the increase in reporting, and there wasn’t prevalent use of handguns for self-defense before 1996, as Cruz suggests.

There is evidence that the gun reforms helped reduce gun deaths, but it’s not a sole cause-and-effect relationship. Moreover...Australian gun culture is not comparable to American gun culture — i.e., the use of concealed carry, ability to carry handguns for self-defense.

Women were not previously allowed to carry firearms for self defence in Australia. His pro gun argument is shallow in the Australian context. There are better arguments for preventing sexual assaults against women, for self defence and, ironically, also for the pro-gun movement in the US.

The real issue I have is his fear mongering about a self defence issue and implying a simplistic sub-optimal solution.

Highlighting Australian gun crime rates pre and post 1996 and predicting similar outcomes for similar action in the US is a mug's game.

Gun Violence and Crime in the US

Gun Violence and Crime in the US

Gun violence and gun crime in the US. Quite an emotive topic for some.

However this post looks straight at the data and truths surrounding gun violence in the US so we can have a better understanding of how it happens and how we can defend against it.

This is one of the longest posts to be published on Low Tech Combat so strap yourselves in. We also have a whole heap of charts and images (13 in total) to portray the information as efficiently as possible.

Chimp vs Chimp Violence and Insights into Human vs Human Violence

Chimp vs Chimp Violence and Insights into Human vs Human Violence

New studies into how chimpanzees engage in violence between one another shines great insight into the fundamental nature of how and why humans engage in violence with one another.

This post explores these recent studies and provides analysis into the meanings for us humans.

The King Hit

The King Hit

The King Hit (or Sucker Punch) is causing a lot of problems in todays society. It is easy to hit someone with a cheap shot.

We explore this King Hit issue in this post. We look at the injuries and family suffering that King Hits cause. We look at some statistics. We look at the pettiness of the reasons people use these cheap attacks. We look at the culprits. We ask if King Hits are a reflection of a cheapening of life these days and dehumanisation more generally.

Regardless how much much of a cheap shot these sorts of attacks are, the threat posed by them is very real - especially if you are drunk (drunk=slow).

Let's get stuck into it.

13 Commonly Believed Myths About Self Defence BUSTED!

13 Commonly Believed Myths About Self Defence BUSTED!

This post explores 13 commonly believed myths regarding self defence and we bust them wide open!

Some of these are sacred cows that need slaughtering. Some of them may be eye opening. Some not so obvious. 

Regardless you are sure to get something out of this one!

5 Most Important Skills For Protecting Yourself

5 Most Important Skills For Protecting Yourself

A guest post from Jack Roberts from Black Eagle Martial Arts.

In this post Jack explores topics such as looking ahead and staying alert, walking confidently but not aggressively, knowing when to run, using quick and effective techniques and staying out of trouble by understanding your town or local part of your city.

Human Combative Behaviour Manifesto

Human Combative Behaviour Manifesto

Get your hands on the FREE Human Combative Behaviour Manifesto.

It explores the important topic of the two main types of human to human violence.

Alpha Male and Predatory violence.

This topic is possibly the most important material to understand in order to have a sound appreciation of human violence and therefore self defence.

Colour Codes of Awareness

Colour Codes of Awareness

The colour codes of awareness is essential learning.

It is one of those concepts that needs to be understood so you then know what rules you break and when (and if you should).

It is an excellent concept for appreciating how to apply awareness and how you can step up your awareness in higher risk times and ease it up in lower risk times.

What Does the 21 Foot Rule for Defending Against a Knife Mean For Non Mil/LE?

What Does the 21 Foot Rule for Defending Against a Knife Mean For Non Mil/LE?

Distance is a safety buffer. What will help us from a distance is awareness. Look for key indicators that someone is about to close that gap.

Already be looking for signs that the aggressor is hiding a knife somewhere. Can you see both palms?

Don't let them distract you. This could give them a split second to spring forward which will take you off guard and put them at the advantage. 

We explore these and other factors inside.

Grappling when Weapons are or May be Involved

Grappling when Weapons are or May be Involved

This post explores the controversial topic about whether grappling when weapons are present is a good idea.

Not only is it a good idea but it may happen even if we think it is a horrible idea.

There are actually some significant benefits; One being it can actually be easier to immobilise a knife bearing limb when the aggressor is on the ground.

There is a fair bit to this topic. This post explores it in some detail. You may not agree but that is all part of the fun.

50 Year Trends in Violent Crime in the US - FBI Statistics

50 Year Trends in Violent Crime in the US - FBI Statistics

Analysing big data sets can turn up surprising results.

Looking at data collected over a 50 year period of a range of violent crimes, such as assault and robbery plus more, we can see some interesting correlations between various crime types. This was surprising as it added further weight to the Alpha Male and Predatory violence hypothesis.

This post will no doubt be interesting. Check it out.